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Crosby and Savelio sign for the Wire

Crosby and Savelio sign for the Wire

Tuesday 18 Oct 2016 6:50pm
Warrington Wolves can confirm the signings of prop forward Dominic Crosby and back-row forward Andre Savelio for next season.

Crosby, 25, has signed from Wigan Warriors on a two-year deal from 2017.

He comes fresh from the First Utility Grand Final winning squad which finished second in the league, one point behind the Wolves. He is renowned for his work in defence as well as being a strong runner and ball carrier.

Having come through the community and academy at Wigan he has since made 87 Super League appearances for the Warriors with 16 this season including the recent Grand Final.

Savelio, 21, has agreed a one-year deal for next season from local rivals St Helens. He is the third Warrington junior brought in for 2017 with Mike Cooper and Matty Blythe already signed up. His junior rugby was played at Warrington community club Latchford Albion before joining St Helens academy set-up at the age of 14. He also pulled on the international jersey for England U16s and U18s academy.

He made his Saints debut in 2014 before being named Albert Goldthorpe Medal for Rookie of the Year in 2015. He total he made 36 Super League appearances Saints before the latter end of the 2016 season saw him on loan at fellow Super League side Castleford for who he made seven appearances.

He’s renowned for his power, having good hands and finding the gaps.

Head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith said: “I’m looking forward to working with Dom. He’s come from a successful programme and is looking for a change. He’s a player I’ve admired for some time and I know he has a great attitude towards training and has a very competitive nature. I think he has the potential to develop into a fantastic player for us; he has a wide range of skills and is very ambitious. I look forward to working alongside him.”

Crosby added: “I’m delighted and honoured to be joining Warrington. It’s a big club with a lot of history. I really like the brand of rugby they play and I’m hoping their style will help develop my game further. I’m good mates with a few of the current Warrington boys and I’ve heard nothing but great things about the club.”

“Andre has been on our radar for a while. He has some X-factor about him. He can break the line and offload the ball. The fact he’s a Warrington junior makes him even more appealing. He’s going to be right in the mix challenging for a back-row spot. He’s also capable of doing a good job in the middle unit” said head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith.

Savelio added: “I’m delighted that I’m joining my home-town team. I always wished one day it would happen. I played with Dec Patton and Joe Philbin at junior level, so to have the opportunity to play alongside them for Warrington is like a dream come true. There is a quality squad at Warrington and I know I’m going to have to work extremely hard to get in the 17.”